Monday, October 26, 2009

Meet your meat

On Sunday, October 25, 2009, hundreds of people showed up at Ithaca's first ever Local Meat Tasting and Education Fair.  

Tastings of mutton sausage, beef stroganoff, sausage tortellini, chicken stew, and more were a highlight of the event.  Chef Sean O’Brien of Serendipity Catering prepared the samples.  

Interested consumers also chatted with farmers, viewed informational displays, and asked questions at the event, which was held at the Women's Community Building at Cayuga and Seneca.  Tim from Autumn Harvest Farm said that his stack of brochures ran out early -- many vendors didn't realize how popular the event would be. 

Participating Farms included
1. Angus Glen Farm, Watkins Glen, NY, beef, goat, chicken
2. Autumn’s Harvest, Romulus NY, rabbit, chicken, pork & beef 
3. Birdsall Beef, Homer, NY, beef (607-749-5106)
4. Capricorn Hill Farm, Chris Parson, Pine City, NY, goat, chicken
5. Ellis Hollow Farm, Ithaca, NY, lamb
6. Ever Green Farm, Rock Stream, NY,  chicken
7. High Point Farms, Trumansburg, NY, beef, lamb, pork, chicken, rabbit
8. Kingbird Farm, Berkshire, NY,  beef, chicken, duck, pork, turkey
9. Laue Farm, Dale Laue, Ithaca (Enfield), beef
10. Lakeview Farm, Steve & Joanne Kopp, King Ferry, NY, beef
11. McDonald Farm, Romulus, NY, beef, chicken, lamb, pork, turkey
12. Orchardland Farm, Interlaken, NY, beef
13. Ort Family Farm, Bradford, NY, beef, chicken, duck, lamb, pork, rabbit, turkey
14. The Piggery, Trumansburg, NY,  pork
15. Porkchop Valley, Ithaca, NY, pork
16. Quinn’s Irish Hill Farm, Freeville, NY,  chicken, lamb
17. Sabol’s Farm, Ovid, NY,  beef, chicken, duck, goose, goat, lamb, pork
18. Straight-Way Farm, Montour Falls, NY, beef 

Note that some of these farms are also listed in the Tompkins County Local Food Guide (pdf).  Also, if you know of a farm that is missing from the list or if you know the contact details for any of the farms above that lack a website, please comment below or email

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